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Holland scoops prize

Thursday, 23rd May, 2013 1:00am

Cork Constitution's Johnny Holland was recently named as the Ulster Bank Young Player of the Year in Division 1A rugby. A total of seven awards were handed out to players from each division at the Ulster Bank League Awards which were presented at a function in Dublin last week. Other Cork players to receive recognition for their efforts over the 2012/2013 Ulster Bank League included Dolphin's James Cronin who was nominated for the Ulster Bank Young Player of the Year for Division 1A, while UCC's Willie Ryan was nominated for the Ulster Bank Player of the Year Award for Division 2A. Each player who was awarded was selected from a group of three players and the winners were presented their awards by former Leinster and Ireland player, Reggie Corrigan. Speaking at the awards, Scott Walker, IRFU Director of rugby development and the club game, said: “The Ulster Bank League produces some of the most exciting rugby in Ireland. Clubs, all over the country, are filled with talented young stars who dedicate their evenings and weekends to the great game. With the development of our provincial sides, club rugby doesn't get the recognition it deserves. I would like to congratulate Ulster Bank on this excellent initiative.” Now in their third year as Official Community Rugby Partner to the IRFU, Ulster Bank also runs the annual Ulster Bank RugbyForce initiative - an initiative which provides rugby clubs with support to renovate their club and upgrade their facilities. Four rugby clubs (one from each province) were announced this week as winners of a support package worth €5,000 each. The four winners selected were Midleton RFC in Cork, Birr RFC in Offaly, Westport RFC in Mayo and Newry RFC in Down.

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